COVID-19 Response

We were able to keep our school open last year as often as we did due to the incredible cooperation and communication between our community of teachers, parents, and students. Almost without exception, we learned about COVID-infected students from our families first and well ahead of notification from the Department of Health. This timely sharing of medical information was critical to our efforts last year and will be this year.

On this page, we summarize the key points of the current health guidance in our state (subject to change).

Prout will need all families to symptom check their child before sending them to school each day. You will not receive a daily form, as you did last year. Here are the symptoms you need to check for, whether your child is fully vaccinated or not:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough (new)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache/Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose (new)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Any child with one or more of the above symptoms must stay home, contact a professional health care provider for guidance, and/or receive a negative PCR test before return to school. Please send all doctor’s notes and/or negative test results to

Please submit any diagnoses for headache, seasonal allegory, or other pre-existing medical condition that may explain a COVID-related symptom to our nurse via your Magnus account. For questions, please email

Close Contact Definitions

The definition of close contacts remain the essentially the same as last school year:

  • Individual who has been within 6 feet of an infected person (with or without a face mask) for a cumulative 15 minutes over a 24-hour period in either an indoor or outdoor setting regardless of vaccination status.
  • Individual who has had unprotected direct contact with secretions or excretions of a person with confirmed COVID-19 in either an indoor or outdoor setting.

NOTE: This year, your child could be a close contact, yet be exempt from quarantine.

Quarantine Exemptions

Exemptions are a significant change from last year’s guidance. For a detailed account of these changes, click here for an up-to date web resource to illustrate quarantine requirements and exemptions (subject to change).

Below are the main points:

  • As stated in previous messages, all vaccinated and unvaccinated students would be exempt from quarantine if they and the infected student are masked, they were in a classroom setting, and they were not within 3 feet of the infected student for the close contact exposure period.

  • Also, students who are verified by the school as fully vaccinated are not subject to quarantines (if symptom free). Of course, those students should always be monitored for symptoms.

  • In order to qualify for this exemption, the school nurse must receive a clear copy of the child’s COVID vaccination card denoting full vaccination. If it is not on file, the child will be subject to quarantine. Please send any copies of vaccination cards to

Quarantine Procedures (New)

The Prout School will continue to work closely with the Department of Health and our families in order to quickly identify all close contacts of infected individuals. We will communicate to all those affected by close contacts in the following order of priority and method:

  • General messages to community via Constant Contact email (typically denoting notification and subsequent status updates until complete)
  • Message to close contacts who are not required to quarantine (individual emails to affected families)
  • Message to those who must quarantine (phone call)

Quarantine Length

Like last year, if your child is identified for quarantine, you may choose to have your child PCR-tested at or after Day 5 from date of the exposure. With a negative result, they may return to school after the seventh day of quarantine and report on the morning of day 8 of exposure (if symptom-free). Quarantined children can also return to school after 10 or 14 days without a test (if symptom free) (NOTE: your dates of return must be clarified by the nurse or other designated Prout staff member).

Positive Students Return to School

Positive students must remain out of school and isolate at home and, when recovered, may return to school only when cleared in writing. The written communication must be reviewed and received by the nurse and the nurse must inform the family and the front office that the student is cleared for return.

We remain committed to providing each of our students with the best possible experience. Keeping healthy will make those possibilities become realities for our whole community.